Victim, Police warn of catalytic converter thefts

Published: Dec. 22, 2021 at 5:32 PM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - A Fort Wayne woman is warning you to watch out for thieves after her surveillance camera caught a group of people trying to take parts from underneath of her car.

She already had her catalytic converter stolen once.

We talked with the owner of the car, Kristin. For safety reasons, she doesn’t want us to use her last name.

“What are people doing? Why would you touch someone else’s property and allow this to happen?” Kristin said. “This would’ve been the second time, this time they didn’t successfully get anything though.”

Kristin says she thinks they tried to steal her catalytic converter, which is made of precious metals that can be turned into cash at a scrap yard.

“You can get a lot of money for that,” Fort Wayne Police Department Sgt. Jeremy Webb said. “It’s a very dense metal and if you’re able to scrap that then you’re able to get money and you get a little more money for the converters than other parts.”

Webb says they’ve seen this many times before and that it’s difficult to stop thieves in the act because they can take these parts really quickly. However, Webb says there are steps you can take so that you don’t fall victim to this.

“Park in lighted areas,” Webb said. “If you have a garage, please park in the garage. Park in areas that have a lot of traffic, busy areas, busy streets if possible. Try to avoid vacated areas where nobody goes.”

Webb says if you see something suspicious, speak up. You can call the Fort Wayne Police Department at 260-427-1222.

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